Irish America

Paperback | February 15, 2000

byByron, Reginald

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Few writers on the Irish in America have looked beyond the nineteenth-century ethnic enclaves of New York, Boston, Philadelphia, or Chicago, or have asked how the notion of an Irish-American ethnic identity in contemporary America can be reconciled with five, six, or seven generations ofintermarriage and assimilation over the last century and a half. This study, based on interviews with 500 people of Irish ancestry in Albany, New York, aims to discover in what senses and in what degrees the present-day descendants of nineteenth-century Irish immigrants possess distinctive socialpractices and ways of seeing the world, and raises questions about the social conditions in which ideas of Irishness have been created and re-created.

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Few writers on the Irish in America have looked beyond the nineteenth-century ethnic enclaves of New York, Boston, Philadelphia, or Chicago, or have asked how the notion of an Irish-American ethnic identity in contemporary America can be reconciled with five, six, or seven generations ofintermarriage and assimilation over the last cent...

Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Long Island, New York Research Professor of Anthropology, Union College, Schenectady, New York

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.71 inPublished:February 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University Press

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PrologueColonists and ImmigrantsAs Irish as Any City in AmericaThe Past in the PresentOver the GenerationsIrish-Catholic-DemocratThe Importance of Being IrishThe Wearing of the GreenA Socioscape of Irish AmericaBibliography

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`It is a pleasure to welcome this book into the front ranks of Irish diaspora studies.'Patrick O'Farrell, Irish Studies Review, Vol. 8, No.2